May 23, 2022

Roundup: A Renovated and Expanded Academic Library and a New Public Library Open In and Around Richmond, Virginia

A busy week for library openings in the Richmond, VA area.

The Renovated and Expanded Academic Library

After a $50.8 million renovation And expansion Virginia Commonwealth University’s James Branch Cabell Library Opens

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch

The library has expanded and morphed to reflect the way students use it today, VCU President Michael Rao said Tuesday at a celebration of the project’s completion.

But at its heart, the library remains as the ancient Egyptians called it, “medicine for the soul,” Rao said.


The project tripled the space for the library’s Special Collections section and increased security for the rare books, manuscripts and comic art housed there.

From the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star:

The Cabell renovation-construction project, which started in December 2013, added 93,000 square feet to the facility and improved 63,000 square feet of previously existing space. The library features an expanded 3,400-square-foot Starbucks, 3,000 student seats (double the previous number) and 175 more silent study seats.

To help fund furnishings and other items not covered by the state, the Cabell Foundation, a philanthropic organization in Richmond, awarded a $1 million challenge grant to VCU Libraries. The library system will get the money if it raises $1 million in new gifts and pledges by June 30, 2017.

See Also: Silent and quiet rules refined at Cabell Library; 175 new silent study seats now available (via VCU Libraries)

See Also: VCU Libraries Construction Info ||| Live Webcam

The New Public Library

A New Public Library Opens in Chesterfield County, Virginia

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

The irony was hardly lost on anyone that Chesterfield County’s new flagship library formally opened on a Thursday, the one weekday when most of the county’s libraries are closed because of budget cuts during the recession.

The $12.3 million North Courthouse Road Library project has been in the making since 2004, when county residents approved bonds totaling $341.7 million. In the subsequent years, planners for the county’s 10th public library ran into several roadblocks, including a national financial crisis and a fire that was ruled an arson.

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